If you feel you have been a victim of age discrimination, you have the right to seek help from the EEOC if the company has more than 20 employees and you are over the age of 40. If the company has fewer than 20 employees, you can seek help from the Office of Civil Rights. You can obtain the advice of a lawyer while going through the administrative process. If your case is not resolved through mediation, you have 90 days to file a lawsuit.
Discrimination in the workplace causes a hostile working environment for everyone. There’s just no getting around that fact. With Baby Boomers retiring at a record pace right now and younger boomers reaching the age of 50, ageism in the professional environment is increasing at record levels as well.
20% of all workers in the United States right now are above the age of 55. That accounts for 33 million workers in total.
Age Discrimination in the Workplace
Age discrimination can take many forms. Someone who has consistently solid performance reviews will suddenly find that they can’t seem to do anything right. Meeting invitations are no longer offered when they once were. Quotas or demands for work become unreasonable. Age discrimination is forcing older workers out of jobs. The law protects workers above the age of 40 from personnel decisions that are based only on age, but it is up to the worker to be able to prove that ageism exists in the workplace.
- In 2013, more than 21,000 complaints for age discrimination were filed before the EEOC. In 1997, there were just over 15,000 complaints filed.
- 64%. That’s the percentage of workers who say that they have either seen or experience some form of age discrimination in the workplace.
- 58% of American workers believe that age discrimination typically begins when workers reach their 50s.
- On average, it takes someone age 55 or over three months longer to find a job than a younger person.
- 1 in 3 older workers has either experienced discrimination or seen it happen first-hand since 2008.
- Only 29% of older workers that are close to retirement say that they either have enough to retire or are very close to having enough.
- The percentage of older workers who say that they plan to work for several more years so they can retire in a comfortable manner: 29%.
- 16% of retirees say that they may have to return to work because they can’t make ends meet with their retirement.
- 1 in 5 workers in the U.S. is age 55 or older.
- 64% of workers say they have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace.
- Source: Surprising Statistics on Workplace Discrimination
DENVER’S COMMISSION ON AGING
By 2030 1 in 4 Denver residents will be over 60 years of age.
The Denver Commission on Aging helps to make Denver the best community for older adults through outreach, communication and advocacy including:
- Advocating for their rights and concerns
- Empowering older adults through dissemination of information and sharing community resources
- Monitoring and recommending legislation and proposed policy changes affecting older adults
For more information:
The National Older Worker Career Center promotes an age-diverse workforce through expanding the employment opportunities in government agencies for individuals 55 and over.
Operation Able provides training programs and employment services for older workers who need job support services to re-enter the workforce in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging exists to produce a comprehensive strategic action plan on aging, in order to prepare for the wide-ranging effects of the demographic shift in Colorado’s older adult population, so that all Coloradans may continue to age with dignity and a maximum quality of life.